Barnstaple and Croyde.

Thursday 4th July 2019

It’s been another hot day with the temperature ranging between 22 and 25 degrees, this unfortunately curtailed our activities a little as it’s too much for my mother.

We commenced the day with a drive across Exmoor to Barnstaple which is the main town of N Devon, the town was a former river port located at the lowest crossing point of the River Taw. This ancient town was given its charter in930AD by King Aethelstan and had its own mint before the Normans arrived in the area. From the 14c it was licensed to export wool which added to its wealth.

The town remains a thriving market town with its traditional Pannier Market and has many fine buildings in its narrow streets which we had a slow ramble around before having lunch.

From here we drove the short distance to the coast, unfortunately it would have been a bit of a difficult walk for us to get on the beach/ Staunton Sands, this beach is 3.5 miles long and has golden sands backed by an impressive dune system. We made up for our disappointment by taking photos from the headland.

We drove on from there to Croyde and managed to park at Baggy Point car park administered by the National Trust, as we are members it saved us the £5 parking fee. Unfortunately here you can’t take the dog on the beach from May to September so we had to make do with a short walk around.

We finalised our day and the holiday with an enjoyable meal in The Rest and Be Thankful pub in Wheddon Cross, the highest pub in Exmoor.

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